These data examine the interrelationships among alcohol use,
drug use, criminal violence, and domestic violence in a parolee
population. More specifically, the data explore the contributions of
parental substance abuse and domestic violence in prediction of parolee
violence. The study also investigates the effects of drug and alcohol
use on domestic violence for the parolee, the spouse, and the parents.
The data were drawn from individual interviews conducted with parolees
from the Buffalo, New York, area, half of whom were convicted of
violent crimes and half of whom were convicted of nonviolent crimes.
Interviews were also conducted with the spouses and partners of the
parolees. In addition, data concerning the parolees' criminal histories
were abstracted from arrest and parole records. Part 1, Demographic
File 1, provides information on the demographic characteristics of
offenders, arrests, convictions, and sentencing, institutional
transfers, disciplinary reports, indications of psychiatric diagnosis
or psychological disturbances, alcohol and drug use, criminal activity,
and substance abuse while incarcerated. Part 2, Demographic File 2,
includes the same variables as Part 1 (with the exception of
information about psychiatric diagnoses, psychological disturbances,
and disciplinary reports) for those individuals who declined to be
interviewed and a random sample of those who could not be contacted.
Part 3, the Interview File, contains information about childhood social
histories (including sociodemographics, experience of family violence
as a victim and as a witness, and parental drug and alcohol use),
self-reported criminal histories, adult social histories (including
data concerning violence in current relationships, and drug and alcohol
use history), and information about the parolees' and spouses'
discipline styles. The researchers discarded data on female parolees
for the purposes of their analysis.